Two Inspirational Women Cheer Up Young Cancer Patients with Bald Barbie

Valerie Paul and Audrey Unkle were more than just co-workers, they were best friends. So when Audrey was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer and began undergoing chemotherapy treatments, Valerie was there to support her friend at every step. As you know, a side effect of chemotherapy is hair loss and Audrey was no exception.

“She was very, very much about her hair,” Valerie said, sitting in the front room of her Rockledge home recently. “When she lost her hair, she showed me her head one time in the bathroom, and she said, ‘I’m so ugly now.’ And I said, ‘No. You don’t see what I see.’ “I thought she looked beautiful.”

Unfortunately, Audrey would lose her battle at the age of 56, but this would not be the end of the story. Valerie was an avid Barbie collector and thought giving little girls going through treatments a beautiful doll that resembled them would provide comfort. After meeting Wanda Schultz through an acquaintance the two teamed up.

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A chance viewing of a young cancer patient on the Ellen show led to the two volunteering at a summer camp where they helped serve lunch to young cancer patients and passed out their special bald Barbies. The two knew that Barbies wouldn’t be appropriate for all young patients and branched out. They now make baby dolls and Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls. By their estimates, they’ve provided nearly 400 dolls for young cancer patients.

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The dolls are very much appreciated by the patients who receive them. “I thought it was really cool,” Julie said, holding onto the doll, still safely encased in its original Collector Edition box. “Everybody thinks Barbies are so perfect and flawless. Seeing one with no hair makes you feel really good about yourself.”

They recently held a fundraiser to raise money for more supplies and brought in more than $1400. But regardless of how much they are able to bring in via donation, the labor of love is sure to continue. “It’s very much such a labor of passion and love, that really, it’s OK,” Valerie said. “I literally didn’t even realize until my dad came down to see me and said, ‘Do you know how much money you’ve spent?'”

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Autistic Artist Recreates New York City Skyline Completely From Memory

Stephen Wiltshire is a British born autistic artist who has become known around the world for his remarkable ability to recreate extremely detailed architectural drawings. Diagnosed as autistic at three years old, Stephen found it easiest to communicate through his drawings.

What is truly amazing about Wiltshire’s talent is the great detail his drawings feature are done after only a brief there-and-back helicopter ride to allow him to view his subject. He once produced a near 33 foot panoramic of Tokyo using this method. Other cities he has drawn include Rome, Hong Kong, and Frankfurt.

The accompanying video and pictures to this story depict his recreation of the New York City skyline – again, after just a 20 minute helicopter ride. He put his work to paper while listening to his iPod while at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. The piece is 19 feet long and illustrates 305 square miles of the city. Both the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building are featured.

Wiltshire has been named a Member of the Order of the British Empire, ABC News Person of the Week, and ambassador of the United Kingdom’s Children’s Art Day among other awards. More are sure to come.

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22 Adorable Babies and the Doggies That Love Them

Though there are some exceptions, it can be very sweet to witness the guardianship role many dogs will take on when a baby enters the picture. And of course – the babies are more than happy to go along with. After all, it’s a big furry soft thing where plenty of new discoveries can be made.

So no matter what kind of day you may be having, check out these babies with their K9 pals and tell me it doesn’t put a smile on your face.

So cute even the dog smiles

So cute even the dog smiles

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Take five, kid. I'll take the next watch.

Take five, kid. I’ll take the next watch.

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You can't do everything together guys

You can’t do everything together guys

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Hug it out

Hug it out

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Next time I get to be little spoon

Next time I get to be little spoon

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You know I charge double to watch two kids, right?

You know I charge double to watch two kids, right?

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WHAT is that smell? Is that YOU?

WHAT is that smell? Is that YOU?

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Hugs all around

Hugs all around

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I got you, bro

I got you, bro

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"I don't know what that is but I like it." "Yep."

“I don’t know what that is but I like it.” “Yep.”

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Awwwwww

Awwwwww

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Baby: "We both still fit, mom!" Dog: "Get me down, NOW"

Baby: “We both still fit, mom!” Dog: “Get me down, NOW”

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It's been a long day, alright?

It’s been a long day, alright?

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Gas is just too expensive these days

Gas is just too expensive these days

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If you tell ANYONE at the dog park about this...

If you tell ANYONE at the dog park about this…

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Your turn to slobber on it

Your turn to slobber on it

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Dogs make the best pillows

Dogs make the best pillows

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Puuuuuuure comfort

Puuuuuuure comfort

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Just loungin'

Just loungin’

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